Sewing, embroidery and accessories

Stitch in bloom – couching embroidery workshop with Lora Avedian

Ref: SWE10832


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About this course

Learn to create a botanical artwork using an embroidery technique called couching. Lora will teach you the broad variety of ways you can use this technique to create unique and beautiful artworks inspired by nature.

Course Description

In this weekend workshop you will learn about the broad range of finishes that can be achieved with one simple embroidery technique called couching. Lora will guide you through how the materials you use can influence the outcome of your work.

On the first evening you will have an introduction to Lora’s work and practice. On the Saturday you will have an opportunity to create a sampler, using a variety of fabrics, this is a chance to see the breadth of the technique, and experiment with different materials. You will then look at the process of creating a design, inspired by the flowers in West Dean Gardens, first drawing from life and then using those drawings to create your design. The remainder of the workshop will be translating your design into stitch, using the samples you made at the start to inform your work. At the end of the weekend you will have a piece of art work to take home, which can be framed or made into a wall hanging. You will come away with a collection of samples to reference in the future, and an understanding of how to design for this specific stitch technique.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • On this course the tutor will supply some of the materials including and initial pack of materials for sampling, a range of standard sewing threads some embroidery threads, sampling fabrics and needles.
  • Most materials required for the specific project set by the tutor or shared by the group including braid, wool yarn, cords, embroidery threads and additional fabric may be charged extra.

What students need to bring

  • Small sharp scissors
  • Fabric they wish to create their final piece of work on
  • A basic sewing kit with needles
  • Small sharp scissors
  • Any ribbon, braid, wool, cord etc they have at home and would like to use in the workshop.
  • A thimble
  • Any paints, colour pencils, oil pastels etc you like to work with
  • Sketch book or drawing pad

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Hand embroidery threads/floss, Machine sewing threads Sketch books
  • Hand sewing needles, Hoops, Scissors, Fabrics
  • Pencils, General art supplies
  • Available from tutor:
  • Russia braid
  • Ribbon
  • Wool yarn
  • Waste yarns


Lora Avedian

Lora Avedian is a mixed-media textile artist and educator who studied at the Royal College of Art. She has taught at Winchester School of Art, and has run workshops at the Barbican Centre, and Kettles Yard. Her work is sold through The New Craftsmen and Fortnum & Mason.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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